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Spatiotemporal Pattern Formation in the Oscillatory Electro-Oxidation of Sulfide on a Platinum Disk

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posted on 07.07.2011 by Yuemin Zhao, Shasha Wang, Hamilton Varela, Qingyu Gao, Xuefeng Hu, Jiaping Yang, Irving R. Epstein
Spatiotemporal pattern formation in the electrocatalytic oxidation of sulfide on a platinum disk is investigated using electrochemical methods and a charge-coupled device (CCD) camera simultaneously. The system is characterized by different oscillatory regions spread over a wide potential range. An additional series resistor and a large electrode area facilitate observation of multiple regions of kinetic instabilities along the current/potential curve. Spatiotemporal patterns on the working electrode, such as fronts, pulses, spirals, twinkling eyes, labyrinthine stripes, and alternating synchronized deposition and dissolution, are observed at different operating conditions of series resistance and sweep rate.